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Transcript of records is full of grammatical/spelling/formatting mistakes and the issuer gets angry when I inform them

I suggest requesting a copy of the transcript in whatever language the issuer writes best. For some purposes, such as graduate admission to a foreign university, you may need to pay for a certified ...
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Why don't universities reveal the extra time they give to students with disabilities when taking exams?

You already gave the actual reason: to hide it from employers. Why? Because it is irrelevant. Diplomas/grades from university are the same, for all students. Period. It does not matter how you ...
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Why don't universities reveal the extra time they give to students with disabilities when taking exams?

College degrees are not a tool for evaluating employment eligibility. Despite the way it has been used in recent times, college diplomas are a certification of higher education in a particular ...
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Do I have to submit my high school transcript if "transcripts for all current and previous post-secondary study" are required?

No. Secondary refers to grades 7 through 12 in the US; Canada should be similar. It's called secondary because it comes after the primary grades K through 6. Junior high is usually grades 7 and 8. ...
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Can one really 'lose' old bad grades and get a fresh start?

That's not necessarily the impediment you may think. The institution where I taught would not accept nor transfer credit over ten years old. Pick one or two colleges you might attend, visit their ...
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What is H18 (Canada)?

H18 stands for Hiver 2018 (Winter 2018), that is, the current semester. Similarly, E18 is Été 2018 (Summer 2018) and A18 is Automne 2018 (Fall 2018). Source: I'm from Québec, and I recognize my ...
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Why don't universities reveal the extra time they give to students with disabilities when taking exams?

Since nobody seems to have mentioned it yet, it is very likely illegal In the US, at least, several laws (including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act) prohibit ...
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What can I do when my transcripts have mistakes?

If you can't wait for the school, and the professor agrees that this was his error, ask him for a letter saying so (on school letterhead) which you can attach to the transcript. Ditto for the school ...
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Transcript of records is full of grammatical/spelling/formatting mistakes and the issuer gets angry when I inform them

It sounds like you're in a non-English speaking country, and I assume that the reason you need an English-language transcript is for use in job or college applications to an English-speaking country. ...
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Redoing my bachelor’s degree for general specialisation and better GPA

If you were living in the same circumstances, what would you do? If I were you, I would do a part-time Master's degree in Computer Science while working on a not-so-high salary job. You will waste ...
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Why don't universities reveal the extra time they give to students with disabilities when taking exams?

It would mark people as having some type of disability, which the university may not be allowed to disclose. Noting on the transcript that the student used extra time is equivalent to disclosing that ...
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Why don't universities reveal the extra time they give to students with disabilities when taking exams?

Revealing Disability Accommodations Is Against University Interests Disability accommodations serve the interests of the University in a variety of ways, and anything that penalizes, prevents, or ...
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Why transcripts instead of degree certificates?

Most applicants for positions at US universities will have been educated in the US, so US hiring practices are based around the sorts of records that US universities provide. And US universities don'...
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Should I retake my A minus class in my last semester?

TL;DR: Probably not worth it. Take something else and expand your horizons. From a knowledge perspective, you're not getting anything out of this. You got an A- in the course -- on a transcript, that ...
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How do some Ws on transcripts affect PhD admissions in mathematics?

Your situation doesn't sound so bad to me at all. First of all, though perhaps I shouldn't, I will admit that many graduate admissions personnel do not thoroughly scour the transcripts. They look at ...
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Redoing my bachelor’s degree for general specialisation and better GPA

In your CV consider listing these qualifications more like this: 2013 - Bachelor of Science in Computing Information Systems, from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Department of ...
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Former professor wants an update to write a recommendation letter, should I include a bad grade?

I would err on the side of being honest, as you have a legitimate reason for why one specific class was an issue. Whereas that is explainable, it would be a mark against your character if he discovers ...
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How can I legally avoid submitting a transcript to Phd programs in America or the UK

It is not a crime to fail to provide information that graduate programs ask for. However, surely by "illegal" you mean "against the rules of the university and program you're applying to". In that ...
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How to send your transcript directly from your US university to grad schools without the transcript office knowing which schools

If you're in the US, talk to your registrar about what we call a "Privacy Lock." It is pretty much a set of measures to apply should the students wish to remain private. Things as extreme as taking ...
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My transcript has the wrong course names. How to fix this in PhD applications?

If at all possible you should get the issuing university to correct your transcript. Failing that, you should get a letter, signed by an authority, that explains the situation. The letter should come ...
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Why would a tenure-track job posting ask for an undergraduate transcript?

I had to submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts to several schools each time I applied for jobs in mathematics. I believe the main reason is simply to allow the school to verify that you really ...
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Transcript of records is full of grammatical/spelling/formatting mistakes and the issuer gets angry when I inform them

Honestly, you need to pick battles that are worth fighting. Inconsistent capitalization of course titles, poor margins and poor line-spacing are not at all significant. Concentrate your energy where ...
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Why does an admissions committee need to look at the whole transcript?

The problem with GPA as a measure is that it just mixes together a bunch of different classes indiscriminately. Consider these three different students: This student is pretty steady, but not great, ...
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Should I retake my A minus class in my last semester?

I would actually consider doing this a negative. One of the things I noticed when I started my PhD work is that the transition from undergraduate work can be a harsh one. Expectations soar, all of ...
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How do employers verify academic transcripts?

This can be done in any number of ways depending on the country and the employer: The employer might tell you to get the university to mail them a sealed envelope with the transcript The employer ...
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Why dissertation has no score in GPA in United States?

Yes, this is near-universal in the United States. Dissertations are not graded, and the GPA includes only course grades. For the most part, people do not care about course grades in Ph.D. programs ...
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Is there a better measure of undergraduate academic performance than GPA?

I believe that there cannot be any single numerical statistic or small set of such statistics that summarizes the nature of a student well. The first reason for my assessment is that there are too ...
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Do I have to submit my high school transcript if "transcripts for all current and previous post-secondary study" are required?

No. Post secondary is undergraduate and beyond
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Why transcripts instead of degree certificates?

At the heart, the approach chosen by universities is because a piece of paper, however elaborate, can be forged. It is much more difficult to forge the transmission from one university's degree ...
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Applying to PhD programs; do I need to include transcripts from unrelated master's degree program?

"All university level courses taken" means "all university level courses taken", so yes, you should submit it too. Otherwise, if at any point they discover that you had been enrolled in that masters, ...
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